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Emery Brooks Andrews Interview

Date: March 24, 2004
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-155
02:37:24
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Caucasian male. Born November 14, 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Son of Reverend Emery Andrews, the Japanese Baptist Church minister in Seattle for many years. After the Japanese Americans in Seattle were removed to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, Emery Brooks moved with family to Twin Falls, Idaho, to minister to Nikkei in camp. Visited Japanese American friends in Minidoka throughout the war years. After World War II, returned to Seattle, attending Bailey Gatzert elementary school. In recent years, returned to the former site of Minidoka concentration camp.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of origin of family names, siblings Segment 1 of 35 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: parents from Midwest Segment 2 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents meeting and moving to Seattle Segment 3 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's early work in religion, focus on ethnic groups Segment 4 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's early involvement with the Seattle Japanese American community, and the Seattle Japanese Baptist Church Segment 5 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending nursery school with Japanese American children, not feeling racially different Segment 6 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Issei pastor tearfully apologizes to father Segment 7 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Observing the tumultuous period after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Japanese American congregation rushes to store belongings in church basement Segment 8 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony" Segment 9 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family decides to move to Twin Falls Idaho, following the Japanese Americans to Minidoka concentration camp Segment 10 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father experiences prejudice in Twin Falls, Idaho, as a result of his support of the Japanese Americans in the concentration camp Segment 11 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family home in Twin Falls becomes a hostel for numerous Japanese Americans throughout the wartime Segment 12 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories as a child in Twin Falls, Idaho: visiting playmates inside the Minidoka concentration camp every weekend Segment 13 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of visiting Minidoka concentration camp as a child: eating in the mess hall, picnics by the irrigation canal Segment 14 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 15 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father makes more than 150 round trips between Minidoka concentration camp and Seattle, picking up or delivering items for Japanese Americans in camp Segment 16 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The end of World War II: returning to Seattle, father's resolve to reopen the Japanese Baptist Church Segment 17 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's activities immediately after returning to Seattle: opposing the teamsters and aiding Japanese American farmers Segment 18 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of witnessing two incidents of discrimination against Japanese Americans Segment 19 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending Bailey Gatzert elementary school after the war Segment 20 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up postwar: feeling the pressure to excel as the son of a pastor Segment 21 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on the impact father had on the Japanese American community in Seattle, feeling an "emotional estrangement" from father Segment 22 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of parents' divorce in 1955 Segment 23 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending the Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, then deciding to withdraw Segment 24 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to Seattle and working in various occupations Segment 25 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of father's passing, impact on the Japanese American community in Seattle Segment 26 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of father's funeral service: feeling overwhelmed by showing of community support Segment 27 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 28 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting remarried and forming a blended family; writing about life experiences for children Segment 29 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on the redress movement; reflecting back on the incarceration experience and its impact on current events Segment 30 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An emotional return to the former site of Minidoka concentration camp, many years later Segment 31 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting some Nisei on a second trip to the former site of the Minidoka concentration camp, sharing stories Segment 32 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reflecting on the Japanese American incarceration experience: a spiritual story of redemption Segment 33 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 34 of 35 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Continuing connection with the Japanese American community: "I don't think that tie will ever be broken" Segment 35 of 35 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history